Amazon has been rumored to enter the smartphone market since quite sometime, and recent rumors claim that the Amazon smartphone would feature six cameras, with 4 of them dedicated to gesture control and eye-tracking.
BGR today published photos of the unreleased smartphone, along with a number of details about the device’s 3D interface, that moves as you move your head, without the need for any 3D glasses.
The device will run Amazon’s Android fork, much like the Kindle Fire tablets, would come with 2GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and a 4.7 inch 720p display. The iPhone 6 is said to have a 4.7-inch screen too, but boast a higher resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels.
The device has a total of six cameras. Out of those, two are the usual front and rear cameras, but the other four are infrared cameras, that help Amazon implement a glass-free 3D interface. BGR reports:
Beyond those two units, the device houses an additional four front-facing cameras that work with other sensors to facilitate the software’s 3D effects. One source tells us these four cameras, which are situated in each of the four corners on the face of the phone, are low-power infrared cameras.
The device’s extra cameras are used to track the position of the user’s face and eyes in relation to the phone’s display. This allows Amazon’s software to make constant adjustments to the positioning of on-screen elements, altering the perspective of visuals on the screen.
This sounds similar to the motion effects in iOS 7, except that they kick-in when you move the device, and this gets triggered when you move your head. Where will Amazon use these effects? BGR answers:
Amazon’s new phone will include several special wallpapers with perspectives that shift as the user tilts the phone from side to side as well as up and down.
Amazon’s 3D effect will also apply to application icons and other core elements of the user interface. Several main apps will be compatible as well; for example, we’re told that moving the phone while using the maps application will change the view of various objects on the screen.
Another smart use for the phone’s 3D effects is across Amazon’s various stores, such as its book store, music store and the main Amazon digital market. By shifting the position of the phone, users are able to see three-dimensional product images at different angles to reveal surfaces that cannot be seen in 2D photos.
The 3D interface certainly sounds fascinating, but we wonder if it will be a big enough differentiator over the iPhone and other popular Android phones. Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.